Emergency warning for Creewah Road, Glen Allen
at 8.36pm EST
Mick and Karen Gallagher are fleeing their property just north of Bredbo. I run into them on a dirt road just off the Monaro Highway.
All around us the sky is orange. A new spot fire has just broken out to the south and is burning through grassland quickly. Smoke haze has rendered the mountains all but invisible.
Mick and Karen had planned to stay and fight as the Clear Range fire approached. But it was too much.
“I reckon our house would be gone,” Mick tells me.
Karen says they got as much out as they could. They packed up their two dogs and possessions and fled.
“It just changed so quickly,” Mick said. Embers were starting to fall.”
The pair have been in this part of the country for 14 years. “We’ve never seen it this bad,” Mick says.
For now, the pair are retreating to the safety of Canberra. The fate of their home will not be known for some time yet.
at 8.28pm EST
at 8.09pm EST
Emergency warning for Clear Range fire, Monaro Highway closed
at 8.08pm EST
I’ve just arrived north of Bredbo, just over the ACT/NSW border. The hills here are blanketed in heavy smoke and an orange glow is coming from the east, where the Clear Range fire is burning.
The fire started as a spot fire from the major Orroral Valley fire in southern ACT. It is now its own fire and is burning out of control.
North-westerly winds are sending it eastward, towards the small town of Bredbo. The fire is still at watch and act level, but conditions are volatile and erratic. Authorities are warning us things could change at any point.
at 7.59pm EST
at 7.11pm EST